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Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.
This is the growing ‘shadow pandemic’ – and we need a global collective effort to stop it. As COVID-19 cases continue to strain health services, essential services – such as domestic violence shelters and helplines – have reached capacity.
In South Africa, crime stats for the 1st quarter of 2021 revealed that 10 006 people were raped between April and June 2021.
This is an increase of 4 201 cases – or 72.4% – compared to the previous reporting period.
A sample of 5 439 rape cases revealed that 3 766 of the rape incidents took place at the home of the victim or the home of the rapist, and 487 rape cases were domestic violence-related.
With the 20th anniversary of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, we ask if any such campaigns really make a difference to the shocking prevalence of rape in our country.
To help unpack this question and more, host Ryan Fortune will be joined in the Bush Radio 89.5 FM studios by Joy Lange, Director of St Anne’s Homes, and Patric Solomons, Director of Molo Songololo, two people and organisations that have long been engaged in the fight against this scourge of South African life.
Narissa Philander, Senior Psychology Lecturer at Cornerstone Institute, will help to facilitate the discussion.
Facilitator & Speakers
Facilitator: Narissa Philander, Senior Psychology Lecturer, Cornerstone Institute
Narissa is a Senior Clinical Psychologist, registered with the Health Profession Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF). She graduated from the University of the Western Cape with a BA honours in psychology and from the University of Cape Town with a master’s in clinical psychology.
Narissa has worked as a clinical psychologist in a variety of settings over the past 20 years. This includes psychiatric hospitals, NGOs, private practice, community involvement and academic institutions.
Apart from being an experienced clinical supervisor, Narissa is passionate about training professionals and social justice. She is currently a Senior Psychology Lecturer at Cornerstone Institute.
Narissa has also worked as a facilitator and retreat guide. Her most recent certification is as a facilitator of life skills training and as a life coach through the Academy of Life Coaching. She is also a qualified Montessori directress.